Holy Street Mill, Chagford
George Henry Jenkins (1843 – 1914)
Oil on board. Signed.
15¼” x 10¼” (38.8 cm x 26 cm)
The picturesque, thatched mill, with its overshot waterwheel and idyllic setting, inspired many late-19th Century artists, including Myles Birket Foster, William Widgery and William Williams of Plymouth. Such was its attraction that one commentator of the day observed: “Time was when an Academy Exhibition was never opened without at least one picture of Holy Street Mill”. George Henry Jenkins, a self-taught artist, specialised in coastal, marine, landscape and moorland scenes of Devon and Cornwall. His pictures, painted in oils and watercolours, were exhibited at The Society of Western Artists, Plymouth Arts Club and The Royal Western Academy in Bristol.